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Kate Mansi Opens up About Taking Over as Kristina on GH


Recasts are relatively common on soaps, but fans were still surprised to learn that GENERAL HOSPITAL was recasting the role of Kristina with Kate Mansi. The actress was already familiar with recasts from her time on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, and from both perspectives. After taking over the role of Abigail from Ashley Benson, she was then recast with Marci Miller.

So when GH’s executive producer Frank Valentini and casting director Mark Teschner reached out to Mansi about taking over the role of Kristina, she knew exactly what she was getting into. “They were both incredibly complimentary about my work and told me a little about the way GH works,” she told Soap Opera Digest. “They said they were looking to do a recast and being a recast myself and then having my role recast, I’m quite sensitive to the actors [and] I asked him to tell me broadly about the subject matter of what the storyline would be before I dove into any research.”

GH Alexis Sam Kristina
Mansi hopes fans will eventually consider her one of the Davis Girls.ABC

Although intrigued by Kristina’s bisexuality and her involvement in a storyline about endometriosis, Mansi contacted the previous Kristina, Lexi Ainsworth, to speak with her before accepting the role. “She’s a friend of mine and someone I respect so much as an actress,” she confided. “I wanted to just make sure that she knew how absolutely adored she is by me and the cast and the fans and that I would do my best to honor her work.”

As she continues to put her own stamp on the role, Mansi hopes that fans will go along for the ride with her and eventually come to accept her as Kristina. “I just feel really grateful for this opportunity and I’m excited for fans to hopefully embrace this sort of new wave of the Davis family,” she declared.

So stay tuned to see how Kristina’s storyline continues to unfold and welcome Mansi to Port Charles!

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